ANTIPOLO – The change did nothing to his stats, but it had a positive effect on his team.
Damion James played at his natural small position to lead Alaska back on track with an 82-68 victory over Blackwater on Wednesday at the Ynares Center.
Playing at the power forward spot in his first three games, where he averaged 30.7 points and 14.3 rebounds, the Aces import slid to the “3” spot and tallied 29 points and 22 boards as his team broke a three-game tailspin to keep its postseason bid alive.
“We just gave them a different look to show something Blackwater has never seen before,” Aces coach Alex Compton said as the 6-foot-7 American reinforcement created mismatches and posted up smaller defenders.
“The coaches in this league are pretty smart and they’ll figure that one out,” Compton added.
But James played down the shift.
“It doesn’t really matter (what position I play),” the 27-year-old cager insisted. “I’m a basketball player. I just play a position, so I was able to adjust.”
What’s important is he managed to carry the Aces to victory this time after failing in his first three tries.
“We needed that win so bad,” said James, who granted an interview for the first time since replacing DJ Covington. “We knew our backs are against the wall. We really came out and performed.”
“I’m a winner, so every time we lose, it’s tough,” he added. “I didn’t come here to lose basketball games, so I’m just happy we won.”